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Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said.

Japan probe Hayabusa2 set for asteroid landing

Apo - A Japanese probe is expected to land on a distant asteroid Friday, aiming to blast a "bullet" into the surface to collect clues about the origins of Earth and the solar system.

'Paradise on Earth': Ghost of N.Korea propaganda still haunts

Niigata - Harunori Kojima still remembers the hot tears of joy that warmed his face against the sleet as he watched two Soviet ships set sail in December 1959 from Japan's Niigata port.

Ghosn case a chance to 'mend' Japan's system: lawyer

Apo - Carlos Ghosn's lawyer said Wednesday his client's high-profile and controversial detention was a chance to "mend" Japan's justice system, as he insisted the former Nissan boss was innocent of all charges.

'Swindon's finished': UK town in shock over Honda plant closure

Swindon - "It is going to be a disaster for the town," said Mary Day, one of many residents in the English town of Swindon in shock on Tuesday after Honda announced it was closing its local plant after more than 30 years."I didn't see it coming.

Japan's Honda to shut UK car plant, as Brexit looms

London - Honda will shut its UK plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs, the Japanese car maker announced Tuesday as the global auto industry faces "unprecedented changes" and the UK economy hits the skids on Brexit uncertainty.

Japan trial to treat spinal cord injuries with stem cells

Apo - A team of Japanese researchers will carry out an unprecedented trial using a kind of stem cell to try to treat debilitating spinal cord injuries, the specialists said on Monday.

Japan PM nominated Trump for Nobel after US request: report

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after being requested to do so by Washington, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday.

Japan to recognise indigenous Ainu people for first time

Apo - Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an "indigenous" people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.

With legal team shake-up, Ghosn seeks punchier defence

Apo - By changing his lead attorney from a former prosecutor known as "the breaker" to a hotshot trial lawyer nicknamed "the acquitter", Carlos Ghosn plans a defence in his own image -- combative and media-savvy, experts say.

Robot lifts bits of melted fuel at Japan's Fukushima plant

Apo - A robot arm has successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown, officials said Thursday.

Ghosn shakes up legal team from Japanese cell

Apo - Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn Wednesday shook up his top legal team as he vowed to prove his innocence and defend himself with vigour against charges of financial misconduct.

PM Abe vows to tackle growing child abuse in Japan

Apo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday vowed to crack down on the increasing number of child abuse cases in Japan after the death of a 10-year-old girl, allegedly killed by her abusive father, shocked the country.

Abe strikes dovish tone on Russia at islands rally

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a conciliatory tone with Russia at an annual rally Thursday to demand the return of small northern isles claimed by both nations.

Japan stops journalist going to Yemen

Apo - A veteran freelance journalist said Wednesday the Japanese government has ordered him to surrender his passport as he prepared to leave for Yemen.

Germany's Merkel says 'still time' to find Brexit solution

Apo - There is still time to find a solution to Britain's exit from the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, voicing optimism on a political deal over the tricky "backstop" that has stymied progress.

Merkel says more security needed on Chinese firms

Apo - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for safeguards to ensure Chinese firms do not hand over private data to Beijing amid mounting security concerns over equipment made by telecoms giant Huawei.

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Apo - German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday urged Britain and the EU to show "creativity" and "goodwill" in upcoming Brexit talks but stressed the withdrawal agreement was not up for renegotiation.

Abe, Merkel laud free trade amid 'choppy waters' for multilateralism

Apo - The leaders of Germany and Japan on Monday vowed a commitment to free trade at a time when multilateralism is being buffeted, in the words of Angela Merkel, by "choppy waters".

Crab fishing boat seized by Russia: Japan official

Apo - A Japanese crab fishing boat with 10 people on board has been seized by Russian authorities, a Japanese official said Saturday.

Japan's wagyu beef looks to conquer the world

Takayama - In a lush field in the heart of the Japanese mountains, a herd of glossy black cows roam happily -- prime examples of the area's Hida brand of wagyu beef.

Plane skids off runway, closing parts of Tokyo's Narita

Apo - A Japan Airlines plane from New Delhi skidded off a snow-bound runway at Narita Airport on Friday, officials told AFP, briefly closing part of Tokyo's main hub.

Ghosn: Bail refusal 'would not be normal in any other democracy'

Apo - Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn slammed his ongoing detention Thursday, telling AFP and a French newspaper the decision to refuse him bail "would not be normal in any other democracy.""Why am I being punished before being found guilty?

In Lebanon's hills, Carlos Ghosn winery presses on

Batro - Nestled in green hills north of Lebanon's capital Beirut just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coastline, a winery co-founded by detained tycoon Carlos Ghosn presses on with trade.

Abe vows Kim meeting to 'break shell of mutual distrust'

Apo - Japan's prime minister vowed Monday to "break the shell of mutual distrust" with North Korea by meeting leader Kim Jong Un face-to-face and restoring diplomatic relations between the two historic foes.

Macron says France wants to keep Renault-Nissan 'balance'

Apo - President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that France wants to maintain a "balance" in the alliance between automakers Renault and Nissan following the arrest in Japan of Carlos Ghosn.

Blackmail letters with suspected cyanide sent to Japanese firms

Apo - Nine Japanese companies, including drugmakers and a newspaper, have received blackmail letters containing white powder suspected to be cyanide, police and local media said Sunday.

Goodbye to Ghosn as Renault appoints new chiefs

Paris - French carmaker Renault named two experienced auto executives to replace arrested boss Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, signalling the start of a new era for the manufacturer and its vital but strained alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Renault to chart course for post-Ghosn era with new bosses

Paris - Renault is expected Thursday to appoint a new leadership duo to drive the French carmaker into an era without lynchpin Carlos Ghosn, who remains in a Japanese jail on financial misconduct charges.

Key players in the Ghosn saga

Apo - The rollercoaster saga of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has gripped Japan and the business world since the tycoon was arrested out of the blue on November 19 as his private jet taxied into a Tokyo airport.
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A man walks on a street covered with rubble in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture on April 15, 2016
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